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I've been tapering off 100mg Pristiq since October 2015.  I've just found these posts in my Intro topic which show that things have improved for me and that I got back my excitement for things and also my imagination.

 

The doses of Pristiq for the dates mentioned:

 

May 2017 - 25mg

Oct 2017 -  18mg

Feb 2018 -  12mg

 

I'm now down to 0.75mg

  

On 9/21/2017 at 3:57 PM, ChessieCat said:

 

Well I have a bit of exciting news.  My daughter and grandson are coming to stay for a few days BUT that's not the exciting bit, the exciting bit is that I am FEELING EXCITED!!!  It's been a long while and it's so good.  At the beginning of May this year, which I was taking 25mg Pristiq, I bought a brand new car and I was excited but it was a dulled excitement, definitely different to how I'm feeling now.

 

 

On 10/13/2017 at 8:59 PM, ChessieCat said:

 

It's really great to be able to share that even after 25+ years of continual use of an antidepressant that the brain does heal.  I mentioned recently that I got excited and it happened again today.  And I got so excited that I jumped up and down.  And it happened twice!!!

 

What had me jumping up and down in excitement?  I got to see a mummy and baby whale tail slapping and breaching.  The background is that I have been on 5 whale watching boats and even though I have seen whales from a distance I had never seen them breach or tail slap.  And what made this an even better experience was that it was so unexpected.  We were checking out a car for my daughter to buy and they live on the coast.  The owners even let me borrow their binoculars.  And yes, she did buy the car too!

 

 

 

On 2/26/2018 at 4:58 PM, ChessieCat said:

 

Something exciting to report.

 

I've just realised that I've recently been getting my imagination back.  This is what made me realise:

 

...

 

I've thought back over the last few weeks and I've definitely been using my imagination which I hadn't been able to do before.  It took a great effort just to think of basic things and think of words let alone think up new ideas.

 

Yippee!!

 

 


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 12 Sept 2020:  Pristiq 0.625 mg (compounded)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Johni

thanks for the reply. very terrible condition. I’m here at 33 and it’s like I lost my life.

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2011-2019 április cipralex 10mg 

2019 május 7,5 

2019 június 5 mg 

2019. június 26. Boom (depresszió, álmatlanság, verejtékezés, adhedonia, üres elme)

2019. június 26. - most 10 mg (adhedonia, szorongás)

2019.10.25. 9,5 mg.2019.11.8. 9mg.2019.12.13. 8mg,2020.01.20. 7.5mg,2020.04.27 7mg,2020.06.02 6.5mg,2020.06.25. 6,3mg, 2020.07.28. 6mg, 2020.09.12. 5.4mg, 

 

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Johni

Hi there. I plan on going under 6 mg a month. There are certain things that bother me a lot. Feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness. I plan to take a month off in August. I know that a longer stay is definitely good. My question would be, can these things be sorted out somewhat? Have a nice day everyone


2011-2019 április cipralex 10mg 

2019 május 7,5 

2019 június 5 mg 

2019. június 26. Boom (depresszió, álmatlanság, verejtékezés, adhedonia, üres elme)

2019. június 26. - most 10 mg (adhedonia, szorongás)

2019.10.25. 9,5 mg.2019.11.8. 9mg.2019.12.13. 8mg,2020.01.20. 7.5mg,2020.04.27 7mg,2020.06.02 6.5mg,2020.06.25. 6,3mg, 2020.07.28. 6mg, 2020.09.12. 5.4mg, 

 

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Frogie
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Hi Johni:

 

I thought I'd drop by and see what was up?

 

7 hours ago, Johni said:

Hi there. I plan on going under 6 mg a month. There are certain things that bother me a lot. Feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness. I plan to take a month off in August. I know that a longer stay is definitely good. My question would be, can these things be sorted out somewhat? Have a nice day everyone

I think that is great that you are only going to drop to 6 mg and hold for a month. That is a small reduction, and holding is always well thought if you can do it for an extended amount of time. It gives your body time to rest and re-cooperate from the reduction. 

 

I felt hopelessness and worthlessness a lot when going through my taper with Lexapro. It is very normal to have feelings like that. These meds numb your feelings. You are starting to get emotions back with the lower dose and you will feel more and more. Just know, it's natural and there is nothing wrong with you. You will probably feel more as you get lower, however, they will go away with time. Mine did😊

 

It sounds like you are doing very well with your taper. Keep up the fabulous work!

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

Edited by Frogie

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996.

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec in 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

 

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Omega 3, Vitamin D3

 Xanax,2000-present. 1 mg 3 times a day. 10 Xanax tablets weigh 1.50 grams. Average is .150 grams.  1-June, 2019; .142 grams: 7% taper 1-July, 2019; .132 grams: 1-August, 2019; .122 grams 1-September, 2019; .113 grams; 1-October 2019; .105 grams ; 1-November, 2019; .098 grams ; 1-December, 2019; 10% taper (per dr. was lucky to find a dr to write Xanax prescription); .088 grams; 1-January, 2020; .079 grams; 1-February, 2020; .077 grams;1-March, 2020; .064 grams; 1-April, 2020; .057 grams; 1-May, 2020; .051 grams1-10 June, 2020; .045 grams; 11-20 June, 2020; .035 grams; 21-30 June, 2020; .027 grams; 1-10 July, 2020: .022 grams; 11-20 July, 2020 .019 grams; 21-30 July, 2020 .016 grams; 31 July - 9 August, 2020 .013 grams; 10-19 August, 2020 .011 grams; 20-30 August, 2020 .009 grams (6%); 30 August - 8 September, 2020 .006 grams (4%); 9 September-18 September, 2020 .003 grams (2%)

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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thank you very much. The plan is to go below 5mg this year. But I feel like a bigger posture would be good. I will definitely do it. Thanks for the answer. Have a nice day


2011-2019 április cipralex 10mg 

2019 május 7,5 

2019 június 5 mg 

2019. június 26. Boom (depresszió, álmatlanság, verejtékezés, adhedonia, üres elme)

2019. június 26. - most 10 mg (adhedonia, szorongás)

2019.10.25. 9,5 mg.2019.11.8. 9mg.2019.12.13. 8mg,2020.01.20. 7.5mg,2020.04.27 7mg,2020.06.02 6.5mg,2020.06.25. 6,3mg, 2020.07.28. 6mg, 2020.09.12. 5.4mg, 

 

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Frogie

@Johni

 

I just wanted to stop by and see how you are doing?

 

I hope we'll.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx


PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996.

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec in 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

 

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Omega 3, Vitamin D3

 Xanax,2000-present. 1 mg 3 times a day. 10 Xanax tablets weigh 1.50 grams. Average is .150 grams.  1-June, 2019; .142 grams: 7% taper 1-July, 2019; .132 grams: 1-August, 2019; .122 grams 1-September, 2019; .113 grams; 1-October 2019; .105 grams ; 1-November, 2019; .098 grams ; 1-December, 2019; 10% taper (per dr. was lucky to find a dr to write Xanax prescription); .088 grams; 1-January, 2020; .079 grams; 1-February, 2020; .077 grams;1-March, 2020; .064 grams; 1-April, 2020; .057 grams; 1-May, 2020; .051 grams1-10 June, 2020; .045 grams; 11-20 June, 2020; .035 grams; 21-30 June, 2020; .027 grams; 1-10 July, 2020: .022 grams; 11-20 July, 2020 .019 grams; 21-30 July, 2020 .016 grams; 31 July - 9 August, 2020 .013 grams; 10-19 August, 2020 .011 grams; 20-30 August, 2020 .009 grams (6%); 30 August - 8 September, 2020 .006 grams (4%); 9 September-18 September, 2020 .003 grams (2%)

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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hello Frogie. I've been hitchhiking for a while now. 5.7mg is the current dose. I'm fine though some features don't work the way they should 😅 Thank you for your interest. I hope you are fine too. hello from hungarian

 

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2011-2019 április cipralex 10mg 

2019 május 7,5 

2019 június 5 mg 

2019. június 26. Boom (depresszió, álmatlanság, verejtékezés, adhedonia, üres elme)

2019. június 26. - most 10 mg (adhedonia, szorongás)

2019.10.25. 9,5 mg.2019.11.8. 9mg.2019.12.13. 8mg,2020.01.20. 7.5mg,2020.04.27 7mg,2020.06.02 6.5mg,2020.06.25. 6,3mg, 2020.07.28. 6mg, 2020.09.12. 5.4mg, 

 

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Hi there. I have a few questions about the reductions that way. How common are sexual problems. i can't write this here. Thanks @Gridley


2011-2019 április cipralex 10mg 

2019 május 7,5 

2019 június 5 mg 

2019. június 26. Boom (depresszió, álmatlanság, verejtékezés, adhedonia, üres elme)

2019. június 26. - most 10 mg (adhedonia, szorongás)

2019.10.25. 9,5 mg.2019.11.8. 9mg.2019.12.13. 8mg,2020.01.20. 7.5mg,2020.04.27 7mg,2020.06.02 6.5mg,2020.06.25. 6,3mg, 2020.07.28. 6mg, 2020.09.12. 5.4mg, 

 

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Gridley

@Johni What questions do you have about reductions?


Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Began taper using Brassmonkey slide Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Current from Aug 13, 2020 at 0.1mg

Taper is 99.5% complete.

 

Lorazepam 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, resumed a few months later. CT 2000.  1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept, 2016 increased to 0.5 X 3 in split dose. Sept. 2019 increased to 0.625 X 3 after crossover to new brand

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 15mg.  Aug 2016, discovered SA, updosed to 25mg and holding.  Taper is 66% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, melatonin .33mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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